I don’t know if anybody noticed but….it’s kinda sunny at the moment.
I mean like, really sunny. Finally! It feels like its been horrid weather forever! I can testify personally to this, as I’ve been following my running resolution and been going out on runs every lunch since January. You can imagine the slogs I’ve had; running in the pouring rain and wind. When I look back now, I’m amazed I actually kept it up. But I did, and in the back of my mind as the rain was soaking me to the skin while I trudged along was ‘it’s OK, it’ll be great in summer.’
For a while I thought summer might never come, but it did. The last few weeks I’ve been out running in blazing sunlight, and I can’t even tell you how great it’s been! I’ve discarded the long sleeve jacket and trousers and replaced it with a vest, shorts..and suncream.
Of course suncream! I am ginger, after all. And that leads me onto the product reviews I’m doing today. I’m actually really excited about this one, and I’ve been planning it for a while. I got send a lovely stash of goodies from Sunsense, an amazing suncream company from Australia. Being aussie, you can imagine they really know their stuff, and being ginger I had naturally heard of them. They are heralded as the suncream masters, the know-it-all’s of sun safety. I even overheard a woman in Boots saying that her doctor had told her to use it on her children. As a result, when the company got in touch, I was chomping at the bit. Here’s what I was sent…
I use suncream literally every day, even in winter, so you can imagine how excited I was to get this amazing stash. The best thing is, they are specially formulated for use on the face.
We all know we should be using suncream, not just to protect ourselves from wrinkles etc, but also from serious risks like skin cancer. However, traditional suncream is pretty gross. I can testify to this, as I’ve spend years slathering on thick, horrid stuff that clogs your pores no end. On your face, this is especially awful, and so I’ve always been on the lookout for a nice light facial suncream. In the past I had settled for an SPF25 face cream, and resigned myself to covering my face in the extra thick factor 50 suncreams meant for your body whilst abroad, and putting up with the resulting breakouts. But not anymore. The products created by SunSense are nothing short of a revelation.
SunSense Anti-Ageing Face
First up we have this cream. Full of AHA’s and with Glycolic acid for anti-ageing, this has all the ingredients of a fancy face cream; but with the added bonus of SPF50! It’s got a light liquid consistency, fine and milky, as you can see below.
When you first apply this, it does feel more like a traditional suncream than a face cream, as the consistency is slightly thicker than a basic face lotion. However, this quickly goes. It takes just a few minutes to soak into your skin after applying, and then it feels just like any other face cream; no whiteness, and it doesn’t leave you with a sticky face. It just feels like a super light, super fast absorbing face lotion; it makes your skin soft, with a gorgeous light texture, and with added anti-agening and SPF! According to the bottle, it also has “Vitamin E and 3% niacinamide, found to help improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.” It’s also fragrance free, meaning you don’t get that distinctive suncreamy smell. What more can a girl ask for? I was impressed with the fact that this has such a high level of protection, and yet you can’t feel it. Fantastic.
SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte
Next up we have the ‘twin’ product to the above; as far as I can see, it’s exactly the same, except this one is tinted.
As you can see, the consistency is the same. In the 2 pictures below, I first rubbed it a little, so you can see the consistency and the tint, and then I rubbed it in properly, in the picture on the left. as you can see, it completely vanishes.
The final feeling is the same as the one above, soaks in nicely and feels soft, just with a slight coverage that makes your skin a little more radiant. I’d say that if you’re going to put makeup on over suncream, use the top one, whereas if you are a lover of tinted moisturiser, then this tinted one is perfect!
SunSense Lip Balm
I was soooo happy to get this one, as I don’t think there are enough high SPF lipbalms out there. in fact, I’m struggling to think of one over 15! But yes, lips need protection too people, and this little chap is perfect.
With moisturising vitamin E as well as SPF50 UVA + UVB protection, this really is the perfect lipbalm. Its nice and thick but not sticky, goes on wonderfully and is the perfect thing to keep in your handbag in summer. I don’t go running without a thick layer of this now, and as summer comes I can’t imagine going out without it.
SunSense Daily Face
Finally we come to my absolute favourite product. This stuff is lush. Like, seriously. It’s SPF50, the same as the lotions, but has a lot thicker consistency, as you can see below.
It’s a lot heavier, much more of a cream where the other 2 where lotions. It also feels gorgeous, a real indulgence. Here it is as before, slightly rubbed on to show the consistency, then completely rubbed in.
As you can see, it vanishes completely, leaving your skin super soft, totally protected, and with that slight tint/glow that comes from a good BB cream. What can I say? I love it. It’s gorgeous. It would go well under makeup, or on its own, and it makes your skin so soft and fresh. I can totally see this becoming my new staple, particularly in summer when all you want to do is sling on the lightest coverage possible and get out the door. This is ideal; a lovely light cream that leaves your skin glowing, but with super high SPF. I’m wearing it right now, and my face feels soft and unclogged- just like a nice smooth face cream, but with secret SPF power! Fantastic! As I said at the start of the review, I’ve settled for an SPF25 face cream in the past, but I’ve always wanted a higher factor, and this is perfect.
I had a quick look on Amazon, and apparently this product is the number one bestseller in suncreams. I can totally see why. I haven’t stopped using it since I got it. I wear mine with a slick of pressed powder on top, as I like a matte finish, but if you are a lover of the dewy look, that is exactly what you will get with this. Either way, a worthy investment. You can also get 50% off it right now using the code DF50 if you follow this link; even better!
I’m seriously impressed with all these products, and I’ve already looked into ordering a big vat of their ‘SunSense Ultra’, the broad spectrum all over cream, just in time for summer. In the meantime, though, I’m just happy to have found a nice, light face cream with tons of SPF! It’s the dream! If you want to check out the entire range, head over here and take a look. I would highly recommend you do, as investing in the future of your skin is doubtless the best beauty decision you can make. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine!!
Products sent by PR for review purposes. I was not paid to review, and all opinions are my own.